The Story of the Berlin Wall Explained in One Big Comic

The Story of the Berlin Wall Explained in One Big Comic

illustrations: Sophia Halamoda. 

The history of the German division and the Berlin Wall is – to put it mildly – a rather complicated one. Especially since even today, 30 years later, it still feels the country has not completely recovered from it. I was only 7 when the wall came down so I feel my memory of life in the East is pretty much seen through the eyes of a child. I don’t remember life for my family being bad in any way, we were quite happy actually. There were a lot of things we didn’t have – but also we didn’t know about them, so we didn’t miss them.

But once the two German countries re-united, it did feel like something exciting and good was happening – at first. It took us all a while to understand what was really going on. On the surface, we were re-uniting but underneath it was more of a take-over. I don’t mean it in a hostile way, and I’m not blaming either side for what had happened. It is, as I said before, more complicated than that. But in the few decades, those two parts of Germany developed so differently under such different circumstances, that throwing them together again like that was just going to cause some collateral damage. If you only look at the election results or statistics such as unemployment rates you will see a country that is maybe not as united as it should be.

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The 7 Types of Berliners You’ll Meet at the BBQ Area of Tempelhofer Feld

The 7 Types of Berliners You’ll Meet at the BBQ Area of Tempelhofer Feld

illustrations: Sophia Halamoda.

Barbecuing on Tempelhofer Feld seems to be an inherent part of the classic Berlin lifestyle. As with most things in this town, everyone has a different vision and approach to this particular activity. This often results in a quite interesting scene made up of the most diverse Berlin inhabitants who don’t seem to have much in common other than some (however fleeting) fondness for outdoor grilling.

For her new comic, illustrator Sophia Halamoda (who some of you might know from the Berghain comic) looked at the most popular types of folks at the barbecuing area of Tempelhofer Feld – which one can you relate to?

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The Berlin Sense of Humor: So Many Reasons to Laugh about Ourselves

The Berlin Sense of Humor: So Many Reasons to Laugh about Ourselves

You know Berlin is a place of contrasts. It’s the buzzing startup hub that’s also been referred to as retirement center for freelancers in their 30s. Fashion weeks are organized here biannually and yet the most prevalent look on Berlin’s hippest streets is along the lines of a scruffy grunge musician. It’s hailed as the city where people can search for themselves, but many seem to get distracted along the way and end up losing their mind. All these dynamics can make everyday life in the city that we still truly heart slightly absurd. Below, we’ve chosen our favorite examples of people channeling Berlin’s flaws into anecdotes that will most likely ring true to you as well.

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Quiz: How much of a Berliner are you?

Quiz: How much of a Berliner are you?

illustrations: Sophia Halamoda

They say every city can be a bittersweet experience, but Berlin has a penchant for taking everything to the absolute extreme; it’s syrupy like Glühwein and pungent like take-away coffee from a Turkish run späti. No mouthwash – not even Pfeffi – could ever make you forget its taste.

How did you feel when you realized Berlin is the World’s Greatest Circus, and upon moving here, you could leave the audience and get on stage? Everything is improvised, it can get ugly – and the only character that’s even trying to be funny is the BVG. But you stayed, watching others, trying to learn the cues, and ultimately you fell in love with the beautiful mess around you.

How well do you know it now? Can you tell the cliches from the truth? Have you been to the wild side? Are you even vegan?! In other words: how much of a Berliner are you, really? Let our quiz be the judge.

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Our First Interactive Game: The Flat Roulette

Our First Interactive Game: The Flat Roulette

Hello stranger! So you really want to live in Berlin? Getting a room here is such an uphill struggle with high rent, mould, and German bureaucracy that finding the right flatmate is usually left to the workings of fate. Our Flat Roulette game – being a simplified version of this real life scenario – introduces you to some of the most characteristic Berlin personalities and gives you a sneak peak into what you sharing a roof with them will really mean.

The game is a collaboration with illustrator Sophia Halamoda that many of you will know from the Berghain, Real Berliner and Bürgeramt comics. It’s part of our upcoming book “Like A Berliner” that comes out in 2018. Stay tuned for more games!

Click here to play the game!

Flat Roulette Contact

Flat Roulette Contact

iHeartBerlin.de c/o Blogfabrik GmbH & CoKG
Oranienstr. 185, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Illustrations & texts by Sophia Halamoda, Copyright © 2017

Game programming by Frank R. Schröder

(Using scripts based on a Fork of an original work by Captain Anonymous Copyright © 2017)

Contact us by eMail: hey {à)iheartberlin.de & info {à)sophiahalamoda.com

(Due to spam protection the eMail addresses have a weird “at” that you have to replace with the real one!)

Facebook: Sophia HalamodaiHeartBerlin.de, Instagram: iHeartBerlin.deSophia Halamoda

Responsible in regards to § 55 Section 2 RStV: Frank R. Schröder, address see above.

How to get started as a Student in Berlin

How to get started as a Student in Berlin

Every October, thousands of new students come to Berlin to start a new educational journey. But Berlin not only offers good education through excellent universities; this city is a great place to learn to be yourself. It’s an adventure that, for some, results in staying here, as I did myself 13 years ago when I moved here to study. For others, Berlin is only a temporary station – an intermission between other cities and places.

But regardless of the length of your stay, moving to Berlin is an exciting experience with many unknown possibilities waiting for you. Still, some things are tricky to figure out, and we at iHeartBerlin love to support all Berliners by giving the best recommendations for places and experiences. In collaboration with the newly opened Neon Wood co-living space, which provides beautifully furnished small apartments who want to share a beautiful place with likeminded people, we have collected some helpful advice for your first steps in Berlin. Our guide is visually illustrated by none other than Berlin expert and Berghain Lover Sophia Halamoda. Enjoy.

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Quiz: How much of a Berliner are you?

Quiz: How much of a Berliner are you?

illustrations: Sophia Halamoda

They say every city can be a bittersweet experience, but Berlin has a penchant for taking everything to the absolute extreme; it’s syrupy like Glühwein and pungent like take-away coffee from a Turkish run späti. No mouthwash – not even Pfeffi – could ever make you forget its taste.

How did you feel when you realized Berlin is the World’s Greatest Circus, and upon moving here, you could leave the audience and get on stage? Everything is improvised, it can get ugly – and the only character that’s even trying to be funny is the BVG. But you stayed, watching others, trying to learn the cues, and ultimately you fell in love with the beautiful mess around you.

How well do you know it now? Can you tell the cliches from the truth? Have you been to the wild side? Are you even vegan?! In other words: how much of a Berliner are you, really? Let our quiz be the judge.

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The Cutest Comic about the Struggles of the Berlin Winter

The Cutest Comic about the Struggles of the Berlin Winter

It’s March an we almost made it! We suffered through the dreaded Berlin Winter. Well, at least the ones among us that didn’t escape to a warm island like scared chicken! But still the cold season in Berlin is not fully over and if you haven’t lost your mind yet, you could still loose it on the last stretch, even though the fake-Spring has already thrown us a bone or two with a few rays of sunshine.

For those of you who want to maintain their sanity in the final stretch of Winter in Berlin our Blogfabrik colleague Sophia Halamoda, who also brought as the famous Berghain, Bürgeramt and Real Berliner Comics last year, has created a fantastic new comic: A Winter Survival Guide that also explains a lot of the secrets of the grey and cold seasons and how the real Berliner deal with them. Enjoy below (on 2 pages!).

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Best Coffee Places in Berlin

Best Coffee Places in Berlin

photo: Blogfabrik/ Sophia Halamoda

When the days are still drab, but nevertheless long, there’s only one thing that helps against this state of listlessness in the morning: Damn good coffee. For its sake, it becomes worthwhile to wake up even a little earlier, just so one can truly enjoy this quality cup and slowly get their mind ready for the day while soaking it up. That’s why true coffee experts would never take a cup to go. However, even when things have to go quick in the morning, a sweet coffee cup in your hand already makes everything better. We put together the best coffee places in Berlin for you, and we assure you that in some cases it even pays off to travel through the entire city.

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